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Communications & Outreach

The Office of Communications & Outreach is responsible for advancing the Ford School’s visibility and reputation with prospective students, alumni, academic and policy communities, and other audiences.

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Cindy A. Bank

Associate Director of Policymaker Engagement, Office of Communications & Outreach
Prior to coming to the Ford School, Cindy spent more than 22 years in the University of Michigan's Washington DC office where she served as a liaison for the University with Congress, the Administration and national higher education associations on…

Madison Brow

Marketing Communications Specialist
Madison Brow is our Marketing Communications Specialist, serving as project manager and consultant for design projects and lead for our brand, photography, and paid…

Rebecca A. Cohen

Senior Communications & Outreach Strategist
As a Ford School alum (MPP ‘09), Rebecca has 15 years of experience in strategic communication, public policy analysis and advocacy, and strategy development with the public, non-profit, and philanthropic sectors. Working with other departments,…

Katee Cole

Events and Outreach Manager
Katee Cole is the events and outreach manager at the Ford School, where she leads on the school's public events and premier lecture series, Policy Talks @ the Ford School. Previously, Katee was the assistant director of events and public programs at…

Cindy Harris

Events Coordinator, Office of Communications and Outreach
Lacyndora (Cindy) Harris is the events coordinator in the Office of Communications and Outreach at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. In her role, she manages the logistical planning and implementation of a variety…

Laura K. Lee

Director of Communications and Outreach
An alum of the Ford School (MPP '96), Laura has over twenty years of experience in public sector and academic advocacy, strategic communications, and management. The team she leads is responsible for advancing the Ford School's visibility and…

Chris Myers

Assistant Director of Digital Strategy, Communications & Outreach
Digital project manager, social media whisperer, developer, educator, and advanced applications of technologies. I look for opportunities to apply technologies to increase communication, engagement, and distribution of information to provide better results for end users.

Joe Payovich

Web Developer, Office of Communications & Outreach
Joe Payovich is a web designer at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where he supports the web and digital projects needs of the Education Policy Initiative, Program for Practical Policy Engagement, Poverty…
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Announcing winter 2021 Ford School events

Dec 16, 2020
The Ford School is pleased to announce an exciting lineup of winter ‘21 semester virtual events. We will be hosting distinguished faculty members, policymakers, and writers for events on topics ranging from energy policy and leadership, to racial...

Ford School launches new website

Aug 31, 2020
Just in time for the beginning of the fall 2020 semester, the Ford School launched its new website, providing the school with an inviting and modern look, a streamlined architecture, and a major technological upgrade.   “We wanted to have a site...

International Economic Development Program (IEDP)

The International Economic Development Program (IEDP) was established in 1999 by the International Policy Student Association (IPSA) with support and strategic guidance from the late Professor Katherine Terrell. It is a three-credit academic program...


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Archive: Planning process for "DEI 1.0" (2016-2021)

In September 2015, Dean Susan M. Collins officially launched the Ford School’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic planning initiative. The Ford School's five-year strategic plan was launched in October 2016, along with the University of...


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